Causal Factors of the American Civil War Cause and Effect Essay by ABCs

Causal Factors of the American Civil War
An examination of three causal factors of the American Civil War - slavery, sovereignty and different life styles.
# 112973 | 1,031 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 13, 2009 in History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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This paper discusses the main causal factors of the American Civil War. It specifically focuses on the role of slavery in developing antagonism between the northern and southern states, the fundamental issue of state sovereignty against the growing authority of the federal government and the very different life style and political and economic bases of life in the southern states as compared with those that shaped life in the North.

Table of Contents:
The Role of Slavery as a Root Cause of The American Civil War
The Role of Federalism, Foreign Tariffs and the Western Territories

From the Paper:

"When Missouri requested ratification as an independent slaveholding state within the American Union in 1817, northern states fiercely opposed the recognition of a slave state so far north. Resolution came in the form of the Compromise of 1820, pursuant to which Missouri was recognized as a slave state but Maine as a free state, thereby maintaining the balance of representation in the senate. It was the first of a series of similar compromises intended to avoid outright conflict between the North and South over the underlying issue of slavery."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hartshorne, T.L. (2005) The Social Fabric. Longman.
  • Lakwete, A. (2004). Inventing the Cotton Gin: Machine and Myth in Antebellum America. Johns Hopkins University.
  • Murrin, J.M. (2006) Liberty, Equality, Power, Vol. 1 Wadsworth.
  • Nevins, J., Commager, H.S. (1992) A Pocket History of the United States. Pocket Books

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